As the United States Supreme Court leans increasingly to the right, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s vigorous dissenting opinions and ferocious 20-push-up workouts have earned this tiny, soft-spoken intellectual giant the status of rock star and the title “Notorious RBG.” What many don’t know is Ginsburg’s strategic, trailblazing role in defining gender-discrimination law. Intent on systematically releasing women from second-class status, she argued six pivotal gender-bias cases in the 1970s before an all-male Supreme Court blind to sexism.
Now 85, and still inspired by the lawyers who defended free speech during the Red Scare, Ginsburg refuses to relinquish her passionate duty, steadily fighting for equal rights for all citizens under the law. Through intimate interviews and unprecedented access to Ginsburg’s life outside the court, RBG tells the electric story of Ginsburg’s consuming love affairs with both the Constitution and her beloved husband Marty—and of a life’s work that led her to become an icon of justice in the highest U.S. court.
Betsy West is a 21-time Emmy winner for her work as an ABC News producer and was executive producer of the documentary program Turning Point. A principal at Storyville Films, she was executive producer of MAKERS: Women Who Make America and of The 4%: Film's Gender Problem. She is Fred W. Friendly professor at Columbia Journalism School.
Julie Cohen has directed eight documentaries on various topics, including African opera singers (Ndiphilela Ukucula: I Live to Sing, New York Emmy winner, 2014), a legendary fish store (The Sturgeon Queens, 2015 Berlin International Film Festival), and a quadriplegic soldier (American Veteran, 2017). She was a producer at NBC News and creator of Court TV's Supreme Court Watch. She holds a master's degree from Yale Law School.